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Liverpool fans insist Manchester United have no call on their anthem 'You'll Never Walk Alone'.

A new book, Celtic United, says the Kop was beaten to the tune by at least five years when United supporters sang it as a tribute to the dead of the 1958 Munich air crash.

But Liverpool Supporters Club chairman Richard Pedder told The Sun: "It's not true. I've never heard United supporters sing You'll Never Walk Alone."

It is United's song!!!

ONE of the most bitter rivalries in football has taken a new twist with the claim that Liverpool fans stole their famous You'll Never Walk Alone anthem from Manchester United supporters.

Grandmother Jane Hardwick says she was left seeing red after reading a letter in a newspaper which said the song, made famous by Gerry and the Pacemakers, was first belted out on the terraces of Anfield.

Jane, a lifelong Reds' supporter from this end of the East Lancs Road, claims it was originally sung by her and thousands of fans at Old Trafford long before it became associated with Liverpool.

Jane, 61, was a teenage opera singer when many of her footballing heroes were killed in the tragic Munich air crash in 1958.

And as her own special tribute to the Busby Babes, heartbroken Jane convinced her friends from New Mills Operatic Society in Derbyshire to join her in a rousing rendition of the song at one of the games following the tragedy.

The tune was written for the 1945 musical Carousel, which Jane and her friends were rehearsing at the time. The pals started the singing but soon You'll Never Walk Alone was being belted out by thousands of fans at Old Trafford.

However, during the 1960s the song was adopted by Liverpool fans.

Jane, who now runs a bed and breakfast in Leek, was first taken to Old Trafford at six weeks old by her father and grandfather.

She said: "It has annoyed me so much that people think the song was first sung by the Liverpool fans.

"The Munich crash was so horrible and everyone was feeling down and despondent and it just seemed an appropriate song to sing.

"It was an emotional time and I managed to persuade my friends to join in with me. Soon the whole ground was singing it and many people, including me, were in tears.

"I never dreamed it would become the anthem of our old rivals but I wanted to put the record straight about where the song originated from on the terraces."

A spokeswoman for Liverpool FC said: "As far as we are aware, it was first sung at Anfield in 1963 and not before Gerry Mardsen's recording of the song."
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